Campylo Bachteria - what's that?

Andrew Chau tay-4 at bones.biochem.ualberta.ca
Thu Aug 25 09:40:40 EST 1994

In article <33gmul$atl at www.interramp.com> knunan at .interramp.com writes:
>From: knunan at .interramp.com
>Subject: Re: Campylo Bachteria - what's that?
>Date: Wed, 24 Aug 94 19:53:41 PDT

>Campylobacteria live in the stomach and are relatively harmless
>but researchers are now saying they may be involved in human ulcer
>disease. That is the bacteria may be causing ulcers in your stomach.

>Living in Norway or on the moon doesn't give anyone freedom
>from any bacteria or virus. Microorganisms know no national
>boundaries and you could've picked these bugs up anywhere, even
>in your home home. But I wouldn't worry about them too much.
>If you have an ulcer problem and tyour doctors think these bugs
>are the cause they can be treated along with the other standard
>txs for ulcers such as drugs which shut off or inhibit the acid-pump
>in your stomach, giving the lining a chance to heal.

*Campylobacteria* (sic) DO NOT live in your stomach nor are they implicated in 
gastric ulcers. They cause relatively mild and limited diarrhea. Sometimes a 
physician may prescribe antibiotics as treatment but there's no need. The 
organism you refer to is Helicobacter pylori. Some people respond well to the 
treatment you mentioned but that does nothing to eliminate the bacteria. Many 
unfortunate enough to exhibit symptoms usually have a recurrence after they 
have been treated. Drugs that target the bug (triple therapy) or the urease it 
produces are effective in ca. 80% of cases.

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